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Business - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

MASSACHUSETTS Senate Approves SB 2410 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2410 , a bill that would prohibit the distribution of single-use plastic bags and require customers to pay a fee of at least 10 cents for recyclable or reusable bags. The ban...

Education - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

Massachusetts House and Senate Approve SB 2412 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate approve SB 2412 , a bill that would reformulate how Bay State school districts receive state money by directing more to those serving students living in poverty or with...

Environment - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

California Governor Imposes A Moratorium CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) imposes a moratorium on new hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and steam-injected oil drilling in the Golden State until the permits for those projects can be reviewed by an independent...

Health & Science - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate Unanimously Approve HB 4210 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate unanimously approve HB 4210 , which would extend MassHealth coverage until age 26 for young adults formerly in Department of Children and Families custody...

Social Policy - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

Massachusetts House and Senate Approve HB 4203 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate overwhelmingly approve HB 4203 , which would ban Bay State drivers from talking on a handheld device while behind the wheel. It moves to Gov. Charlie Baker (R), who is...

Local Front - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

Baltimore City Council Approves New Regulation The BALTIMORE City Council approves a new regulation that bans retailers from offering plastic bags to customers at checkout. The new law allows retailers to use small plastic bags to wrap deli products...

Business - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Supreme Court of the United States Allows Lawsuit The Supreme Court of the United States allows a lawsuit filed by parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims to move forward at the state level. The suit alleges that the Remington Arms Co. marketed...

Education - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Utah Board of Education Passes Emergency Regulations Reacting to increasing illnesses and deaths related to vaping, the UTAH Board of Education passes emergency regulations allowing schools to ban electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The measure...

Energy - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

California Public Utilities Commission Votes The CALIFORNIA Public Utilities Commission votes unanimously to order an investigation into the intentional blackouts by Pacific Gas & Electric and other utilities that left millions of Golden State...

Health & Science - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Massachusetts House Approves HB 4183 The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 4183 , which would make the Bay State the first to completely ban the sale of all flavored vaping and tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. The measure moves to the...

Social Policy - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

7th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the WISCONSIN Legislature can’t intervene in a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood over laws that prevent Badger State nurses from performing abortions and limit...

Local Front - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Denver City Council Approves Regulation The DENVER City Council approves a regulation that will allow residents to leave a restaurant with an alcoholic beverage during special events. The ordinance applies to events held in pre-determined common areas...

Business - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

OH Governor Signs HB 189 Responding to the 2017 amusement park accident that killed one and seriously injured seven more, OHIO Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signs HB 189 , which will require Buckeye State officials to adopt an amusement ride classification...

Health & Science - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

FL Senate Approves SB 172 The FLORIDA Senate Committee on Innovation, Industry, And Technology approves SB 172 , which would block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, including all sunscreens. The bill, which would grant that...

Social Policy - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

OH Senate Approves SB 155 & SB 208 The OHIO Senate approves two abortion measures: SB 155 , a bill that would require doctors to inform women about the option to reverse a medication abortion, a claim not supported by the medical establishment...

The Local Front - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

CA City LA Temporarily Suspends The City of LOS ANGELES temporarily suspends rideshare company Uber’s permit to rent electric scooters and bicycles on city streets and sidewalks. The suspension comes over a dispute between the city and Uber over...

Business - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

South Dakota Agrees To Not Enforce Provisions SOUTH DAKOTA agrees to not enforce provisions of a Coyote State law that would allow felony prosecutions and fines against those who encourage but don’t participate in protests against oil and gas...

Health & Science - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

New York Governor Signs SB 5091 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 5091 , a bill that requires pharmacies to inform patients whenever a Class 1 recall has been issued for a prescription drug they're taking. The notification, which can be made...

Social Policy - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

Oklahoma Judge Issues Temporary Injunction An OKLAHOMA judge issues a temporary injunction against an impending state law that would make it a felony for doctors to perform medically induced abortions without informing patients that such an abortion...

Local Front - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

New York City Council Approves Ordinance The NEW YORK City Council approves an ordinance that would establish at least 20 waste collection zones, with service split up between three companies. Those firms would be selected through a city bidding process...

Business - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs AB 9 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 9 , which extends the timeline to bring forward a complaint of workplace harassment and discrimination from one year to three years (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Governor...

Education - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs SB 328 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 328 , which makes the Golden State the first to mandate that high schools and middle schools start later in the morning. The law will be phased in, requiring that by July 1...

Environment - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs AB 342 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 342 , which prohibits new pipelines and other infrastructure on state lands that would support new oil and gas production (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Governor Signs...

Health & Science - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Imposes Six-Month Moratorium The OREGON Liquor Control Commission imposes a six-month moratorium on the sale of flavored nicotine and cannabis vaping products. The ban comes in the wake of a national outbreak of vaping...

Immigration - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs AB 1747 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 1747 , which bars personal information stored in statewide databases from being used for immigration enforcement, except in cases where the information is related to an individual’s...

Social Policy - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Signs AB 32 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 32 , which makes the Golden State the first to ban both for-profit, private prisons and civil detention centers. As of January 1, 2020 the state will be barred from entering...

Local Front - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

California Governor Vetoes SB 127 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoes SB 127 , which would have required state transportation agencies to create safer and better sidewalks, bike lanes and cross walks on state highways that run through communities...

Business - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Signs SB 616 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 616 , which bars debt collectors from garnishing a debt holder’s bank account once the balance reaches $1,724, the bare minimum the state Department of Social Services...

Education - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Vetoes AB 773 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoes AB 773 , which would have required the state to develop curriculum for 12th graders on voter registration and voting (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). California Governor...

Energy - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 1166 , which will require natural gas utilities to supply “electronic positive response” to regional utility notification centers before excavations. Those notification centers will then be required...

Environment - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Signs AB 187 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 187 , which requires mattress recycling organizations to review their plans for the recovery and recycling of used mattresses and to determine whether amendments are necessary...

Health & Science - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

New York Governor Signs AB 1092 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 1092 , which bars medical professionals from performing pelvic exams on an anesthetized or unconscious person without informed consent. The law takes effect 180 days from that...

Social Policy - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

New York Governor Signs AB 7584 NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs AB 7584 , which amends the criminal procedure law to clarify that individuals convicted of petty offenses will have their records sealed by default (NEW YORK GOVERNOR’S OFFICE...

Local Front - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

California Governor Signs AB 1482 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 1482 , which caps annual rent increases at 5 percent plus the rate of inflation and bars landlords from evicting tenants without just cause (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE...

Business - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

United State Court of Appeals Upholds Ruling The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upholds the power of the Federal Communications Commission to roll back net neutrality rules, but also upholds the power of states...

Education - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

California Governor Vetoes AB 710 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoes AB 710 , which would have required Golden State colleges and universities to post on their websites information about the cost of attending those institutions (LEXISNEXIS STATE...

Energy - October 4 2019 | 10-04-2019

California Governor Signs Several Bills CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs several bills regulating power shutoffs during wildfires and other natural disasters, including: SB 167 , which requires investor-owned utilities to outline protocols in...

Environment - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

California Governor Signs AB 65 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 65 , which requires the State Coastal Conservancy to prioritize projects that use natural infrastructure to help adapt to climate change (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).

Health & Science - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

The Missouri Department Of Social Services Makes Announcement The MISSOURI Department of Social Services announces that people participating in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program who hold a doctor-issued medical cannabis card allowing...

Social Policy - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

Georgia Judge Blocks Abortion Ban A district judge in GEORGIA issues a temporary order blocking a Peach State law that would ban most abortions once a doctor can detect fetal cardiac activity. The ruling by District Judge Steve C. Jones’ blocks...

Local Front - October 7 2019 | 10-04-2019

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Legislation The LOS ANGELES County Board of Supervisors unanimously approves legislation to end the sale of all flavored tobacco products – including flavored e-cigarettes and menthol...

Business - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

California Governor Signs AB 5 Calling it “landmark legislation for our workers and our economy,” CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs AB 5 , which codifies the process for determining if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor...

Energy - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

New Hampshire House Fails to Override Governor's Veto of HB 365 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House fails to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s (R) veto of HB 365 , which would have raised from 1 megawatt to 5 the limit on how much solar and hydropower towns...

Environment - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Trump Administration Announces Plans to Revoke Longstanding Federal Rule The Trump administration announces plans to revoke a longstanding federal rule that allows CALIFORNIA to establish stricter emissions standards than required by federal law. State...

Health & Science - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Utah Legislature Unanimously Endorses SB 1002 The UTAH Legislature unanimously endorses SB 1002 , which would scrap a proposed state-centralized system for delivering cannabis to patients in favor of leaving distribution in the hands of private businesses...

Social Policy - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

New Hampshire House Sustains Veto of HB 109 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House sustains the veto by Gov. Chris Sununu (R) of HB 109 , a bill that would have required a criminal background check for commercial firearms sales (NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO). ...

Local Front - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

Arizona Supreme Court Rules in Phoenix Ordinance The ARIZONA Supreme Court rules that a PHOENIX ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination cannot be used to force artists to create custom wedding invitations...

Business - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

Sponsor of California SB 51 Pulls Bill The sponsor of CALIFORNIA SB 51 , a bill that would allow banks and credit unions to do limited business with legal cannabis companies, pulls the measure before it can come up for a vote, turning it into a two...

Education - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Governor Signs SB 419 CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signs SB 419 , which permanently prohibits willful defiance suspensions in grades four and five and bans such suspensions in grades six through eight for five years. The measure takes...

Environment - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

California Assembly Gives Final Approval to AB 342 The CALIFORNIA Assembly gives final approval to AB 342 , which would bar new oil and gas wells in national parks and other protected areas in the Golden State. It moves to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who...